In a Sept. 18 research note, Ladenburg Thalmann analyst Jeffrey Cohen reported that Aytu BioScience Inc. (AYTU:NASDAQ) signed a definitive agreement to acquire Innovus Pharmaceuticals Inc. (INNV:OTCQB) for about $8 million of Aytu common stock.
Figuring the acquisition into its model on Aytu, Ladenburg raised its target price on the specialty pharma to $4.75 per share from $4. Aytu's current share price is about $1.42.
Innovus is a specialty pharmaceutical firm that commercializes, licenses and develops consumer health products, Cohen explained. From its existing portfolio, which encompasses 30 products in the diabetes, men's health, sexual wellness and respiratory health markets, it generated $24 million of revenue during the past four quarters.
Also, the company has a robust sales and marketing platform it developed called Beyond Human, which includes print, online, direct mail, magazines and data buy and which reaches nearly 30 million prospective consumers monthly.
Cohen highlighted the benefits to Aytu of the acquisition. For one, it would give Aytu the chance to penetrate the "large, $40 billion consumer healthcare market," he wrote.
Second, Innovus' Beyond Human platform would lead to future growth and additional value for Aytu, noted Cohen. This in part would occur through cross-selling opportunities. For instance, Aytu could market its prescription products to consumers who show an interest in a related product like Innovus' Beyond Human Testosterone Booster or its alternative men's health products.
Per the terms of the acquisition agreement, all outstanding Innovus common stock will be retired when the deal closes, Cohen relayed. Also, subsequently, Aytu will pay Innovus about $16 million in contingent value rights (CVRs) in either cash or stock when certain predetermined milestones are met during the next five years. Should the value of the CVRs exceed the current stock price at each of those milestones, Aytu will pay the difference in cash.
Ladenburg has a Buy rating on Aytu BioScience.[NLINSERT]
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